Toyota's recent history at Le Mans hasn't been a positive one. In 2016, its lead car suffered a turbo problem on the front straight and stalled with just three minutes remaining, handing victory to Porsche. Last year, a clutch failure and an electric motor problem cost Toyota the win. It seems the team's had enough of losing out due to unexpected part failures.
Toyota Technical Director pascal Vasselon spoke with regarding the methods the team is using to prep for Le Mans this year.
"What we've changed really is the way we prepare Le Mans," Vasselon told Autosport. "We spent a lot more time dealing with unplanned situations—unplanned repairs, unplanned problems."
Vasselon says he's confronted the team with fake, random issues during practice sessions to see how the team will react and remedy the situation. Things like a broken rear-right driveshaft or a radio failure were two of the examples he provided.
"Le Mans is a challenge in itself," Vasselon told Autosport. "In the last four years, we could have won three times [2014, '16 and '17], but we lost because we had issues that we did not manage properly."
"This year, we just go to fight Le Mans, not directly our competitors," he added. "That's our challenge."